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Detroit will let Datsyuk play in KHL All-Star Game

Jan 9, 2013, 4:15 PM EDT

Pavel Datsyuk AP

The agent for Pavel Datsyuk says his client has been granted permission by the Red Wings to participate in Sunday’s KHL All-Star Game.

Gary Greenstin told the Detroit Free Press that Datsyuk — who was plying his trade with CSKA Moscow prior to the end of the NHL lockout — has received an OK from Detroit brass to play in the game in Chelyabinsk, Russia.

After that, Datsyuk will be on his way to Detroit.

“Pavel loves Red Wings organization. He make his name in Detroit,” Greenstin said. “He belongs to them, and Detroit belong to him.

“He has permission to play in All-Star Game. He had reservation to fly the 11th; now I believe he will fly on the 14th.”

Datsyuk’s inclusion is just the latest in the KHL All-Star Game saga, which has garnered a lot of attention recently.

On Wednesday, it was learned New Jersey Devils forward Ilya Kovalchuk was still on the official ASG roster, news that raised eyebrows given eight other NHL stars originally named to the event had been removed.

(Though it now appears Datsyuk is back on the list.)

The Kovalchuk development added fuel to the fire that he might not return to North America at all this season and play out the year with SKA Saint Petersburg.

Devils GM Lou Lamoriello told that Kovalchuk hasn’t asked permission to play in the All-Star Game, but also said he’s not 100 percent sure when NHL camps or the season will start — ergo, no reason to jump to conclusions.

“I have no reason to believe [Kovalchuk] won’t be here,” Lamoriello said. “I don’t even know what day the ratification is. I don’t even know when we start, yet. There’s too many unknowns to make any decisions, so I’m not even getting into anything.”


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  1. bloominoctober - Jan 9, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    This is the right move, as long as Pavel doesn’t get hurt in the ASG (but that’s another issue). I think NJ should do the same with Kovy. He clearly wants to play in the ASG in his homeland. Let him do so, and allow him to return to NJ after the game. I doubt Kovy skips out on the Devils (as a Devils fan, I hope he gets back soon. We need his skills, especially with Parise gone now).

  2. misterchainbluelightning - Jan 9, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    Never doubted him for a moment

    Good luck having anyone respect that “C” on your chest Kovy if you come back.

  3. h0ckeycoach - Jan 9, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    A class move from a classy organization.

    • shoobiedoobin - Jan 9, 2013 at 4:57 PM

      Bingo. Part of Detroit’s success is the close relationship the management keeps with the players and it’s really from top to bottom. More of a family atmosphere than other teams. That’s how teams should be run.

  4. 13datsyuk13 - Jan 9, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    I can’t believe this guy isn’t getting the “c”

    • hockinj25 - Jan 9, 2013 at 5:12 PM

      Zetterberg is more of a vocal leader which is part of the reason he is getting it.

    • woodstakes - Jan 9, 2013 at 5:25 PM

      Not a Detroit fan, but I think the “C” on Zetterberg and the “A” on Dats is just fine. Really couldn’t go wrong with either of them in what ever order. Both guys are class acts and great pros. I know I hate the Wings whenever my Wild team play’s them but you have to respect that organization.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jan 9, 2013 at 5:28 PM

      A C on your chest doesn’t make you a leader.

      • shoobiedoobin - Jan 9, 2013 at 6:46 PM

        No, but Datsyuk can lead. The biggest reason for the C would be a couple of things. First, Zetterberg is more vocal. And the second kind of ties in with the first, in that Zetterberg can speak the language much better and thus is able to communicate when necessary with officials, etc.

      • hockeyflow33 - Jan 10, 2013 at 1:35 AM

        I never said he couldn’t. I understand what the letters designate, I’m simply point out that if it’s so crucial that he must lead, he can still do so regardless of whether he has a letter on his jersey

    • chasingfisher - Jan 9, 2013 at 6:15 PM

      Your name promotes some bias but to be honest Dat cant speak English. The job of the captain is more than being the best player on the team. Hank will carry the torch very well and has already been a consistent figure in the media. He can speak to the media and rally the team. Its the right move!

  5. icelovinbrotha215 - Jan 9, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    Nice gesture by the Wings. Though, what’s up with them owing the city of Detroit up to $70 mil? That ain’t right.

    • juanhughjazz - Jan 9, 2013 at 9:13 PM

      actually it’s ilitch that owes the city money, not the red wings. and it’s 2 million. and the city is not worried about getting their money.

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